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Research needs for incorporating the ecosystem service approach into EU biodiversity conservation policy

Anton, Christian; Young, Juliette; Harrison, Paula A.; Musche, Martin; Bela, Györgyi; Feld, Christian K.; Harrington, Richard; Haslett, John R.; Pataki, György; Rounsevell, Mark D.A.; Skourtos, Michalis; Sousa, J. Paulo; Sykes, Martin T.; Tinch, Rob; Vandewalle, Marie; Watt, Allan; Settele, Josef. 2010 Research needs for incorporating the ecosystem service approach into EU biodiversity conservation policy. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19. 2979-2994. 10.1007/s10531-010-9853-6

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Abstract/Summary

Using a range of different methods including extensive reviews, workshops and an electronic conference, 70 key research recommendations and 12 priority research needs to integrate the ecosystem services approach into biodiversity conservation policy and funding were identified by a cross-disciplinary group of over 100 scientists and 50 stakeholders, including research funders and policy-makers. These recommendations focus on the ecological underpinning of ecosystem services, drivers that affect ecosystems and their services, biological traits and ecosystem services, the valuation of ecosystem services, spatial and temporal scales in ecosystem service assessment, indicators of ecosystem services, and habitat management, conservation policy and ecosystem services. The recommendations in this paper help steer the research agenda on ecosystem services into policy-relevant areas, agreed upon by funders, researchers and policy-makers. This research agenda will only succeed with increased collaboration between researchers across disciplines, thereby providing a challenge to the research community and research funders to work in new, interdisciplinary ways.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s10531-010-9853-6
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.4 - Provide science-based advice ...
CEH Sections: Watt
ISSN: 0960-3115
Additional Keywords: biodiversity, conservation policy, Eeosystem services, indicators, knowledge base, research priorities, valuation
Date made live: 30 Sep 2010 09:35
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11220

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